Damon Lopez-O'Dwyer is the Head Pro and Director of Tennis at Triangle Tennis Club. He has been with Hamptons Tennis Company for over 20 years and has vast experience teaching players of all ages and abilities. Damon played college tennis for Hamilton College, a member of the NESCAC conference, where he was captain of the team. Damon has worked at top tennis clubs all over New York and in the UK at the Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club in England.
Since 2005 Damon has been the Head Coach of the boys Varsity Tennis team at the Trinity School in New York––a team that has won four consecutive Ivy League titles and in 2016 won the Mayor’s Cup as the top team in the city. Damon has worked with Division I and top Division III recruits, sending players in recent years to play for college programs at Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University and Williams College. Damon spends his offseason as a freelance writer and has published articles in Inside Tennis Magazine.
Ron Ristroph is pleased to be back at Triangle Tennis Club for his twentieth summer season in Southampton. Ron is a full-time tennis pro, and is ranked nationally as well as in California. As the former Director of Tennis at the Hotel Twin Dolphin and as a current Pro, working with all the major hotels and resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the winter months, Ron has made tennis possible and more enjoyable for hundreds of people over the years. Unlike many tennis instructors, Ron came to tennis later in life and is able to share his passion by accelerating instruction so that people, regardless of their age and playing level, can improve their game in the shortest amount of time and use the right technique. He has helped philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Andy Summers of the Police to name just a few. The best part of teaching for Ron is helping people enjoy the game of tennis more and to witness the joy they experience when realizing their potential.
Eduardo Cabrera was born in Bogota, Colombia and started playing tennis at 11 years old. Growing up he competed in ITF juniors, interclub’s and ATP futures. Eduardo was ranked #9 in singles in Colombia and #2 in doubles. He also represented the National Junior Tennis Team from Colombia.
Eduardo has trained and sparred with ATP players and ITF junior athletes such as Key Nishikori, current number 6 in the world, Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, Maria Shiskina, Xavier Malisse and more. He was also a coach at Condominio Campestre el Penon in Colombia and assistant coach at the Julian Alonso Academy at Bradenton Florida.
Currently Eduardo is attending and playing at Dalton State College and is ranked #4 in the country in NAIA and is the #3 singles players for the team. He is majoring in Business Administration. Eduardo enjoys playing tennis and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with everyone at Triangle Tennis Club.
Grégoire Balenci is from Paris, France where he started playing tennis at age 8. He quickly became a top 10 ranked junior in France in the under 14s and was coached for three years by Gregory Carraz, a former ATP #54 world ranked player. As a NCAA Division I college tennis player for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Grégoire has won WAC conference awards in both singles and doubles (2016-2017-2018).
working with players of all ages both in France and in the United States. He is a member of Paris’ most prestigious tennis club, Lagardère Paris Racing near Roland Garros, where he has spent several seasons teaching adults and juniors both in groups and in private lessons. Grégoire has also worked for three years at the French Open on the interview desk as a member of the tournament’s media team.
Szabin Pusztay was born in Budapest, Hungary where he started playing tennis at the age of 4. He began his competitive career at the age of 9 and was ranked in the top 5 nationally in Hungary in the U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s. Szabin was recruited to play college tennis in the United States, first for Alabama State University where he was named to the SWAC All-Tournament Team in each of his two years with the program. At Alabama State he was both a conference champion and conference runner-up. Szabin then went on to play for Newman University where he was a two-time conference finalist and named to the Heartland All-Tournament Team. In addition to his collegiate tennis accomplishments, Szabin distinguished himself as a student-athlete by making Dean’s List in all four years of his education. As a coach, Szabin has worked with players of all ages and abilities both in Hungary and in the United States. Recently he spent a season at Future Stars in Purchase, NY where he worked with both recreational level juniors and tournament players. He has also been an assistant director of the junior development program at Brookhaven Country Club.
Maria Garduno was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. She started playing tennis at the age of 12 years old and began her competitive career only a year later. Quickly becoming a top junior, Maria was consistently ranked in the top 20, ultimately achieving a ranking of #4 in Mexico in the under 18s. With great experience and success in ITF tournaments around Mexico, Central America, and South America, Maria came the United States on a tennis scholarship to continue her career at the collegiate level. She played for Mesa Community College, finishing 3rd in the nation, and individually as a runner-up in singles in the National Championships and a winner of the regional doubles championship. Maria went on to attend Cowley College where she won another doubles regional championship, and currently plays for Arizona Christian University where she has won multiple doubles tournaments and a singles championship. She is the 2017 Cypress Open Champion.
Fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, Maria has experience teaching tennis in multiple countries and in several languages. She is particularly passionate about sharing her love of tennis with children, but loves working with players of all ages and abilities. Most recently she comes to us from the Seth Korey Tennis Academy in Phoenix, AZ. Ask her about her short stint working as an actress in TV commercials in Mexico!